Principles and Guidelines for Ecological Restoration in Canada’s Protected Natural Areas (2007), by Parks Canada Agency, is a draft document that sets out national principles for restoration that is ecologically effective, methodologically and economically efficient, and socio-culturally engaging. The principles are complemented by practical guidelines for a range of interventions as well as by a planning and implementation framework that serves as the basis for making consistent, credible and informed decisions regarding ecological restoration in protected natural areas.

Restoration and Management of Lakes and Reservoirs (2005), by Cooke et al, outlines methods for developing a pre-management and restoration diagnosis-feasibility study as well as detailed descriptions of scientifically sound management and restoration methods. It has been more than ten years since the last edition of the bestselling Restoration and Management of Lakes and Reservoirs. In that time, lake and reservoir management and restoration technologies have evolved and an enhanced version of this standard resource is long overdue. Completely revised and updated, the third edition continues the tradition of providing comprehensive coverage of the chemical, physical, and biological processes of eutrophication and its control. The authors describe the eutrophication process, outline methods for developing a pre-management and restoration diagnosis-feasibility study, and provide detailed descriptions of scientifically sound management and restoration methods.

Rewilding North America: A Vision for Conservation in the 21st Century (2004), by Foreman, offers both a vision and a strategy for reconnecting, restoring, and rewilding the North American continent, and is an essential guidebook for anyone concerned with the future of life on earth. Foreman begins by setting out the specific evidence that a mass extinction is happening and analyzes how humans are causing it. Adapting Aldo Leopold’s idea of ecological wounds, he details human impacts on species survival in seven categories, including direct killing, habitat loss and fragmentation, exotic species, and climate change. Foreman describes recent discoveries in conservation biology that call for wildlands networks instead of isolated protected areas, and, reviewing the history of protected areas, shows how wildlands networks are a logical next step for the conservation movement.

Great Basin Riparian Ecosystems: Ecology, Management, and Restoration (2004), edited by Chambers and Miller, presents the approach used by the researchers to study and understand riparian areas in the Great Basin region. It summarizes the current state of knowledge about those areas and provides insights into the use of the information generated by the project for the restoration and management of riparian ecosystems. Because semi-arid ecosystems like the Great Basin are highly sensitive to climate change, the study considered how key processes are affected by past and present climate. Great Basin Riparian Ecosystems also examined the processes over a continuum of temporal and spatial scales.

Restoration of Boreal and Temperate Forests (2004), edited by Stanturf and Madsen, summarizes the breadth of restoration protocols at both the local and regional scale and documents and compares over 20 case studies of forest restoration projects in a geographically diverse range of temperate and boreal zones. The authors take into account the impact of human activities from a historical and cultural context and consider regional socioeconomic needs in developing a sustainable forest management plan. The book provides insight into how logistical questions are currently being answered for temperate and boreal forests. By addressing both ecological and sociopolitical needs, this book presents practical solutions for the restoration, rehabilitation, reclamation, and management of forest ecosystems.

Handbook for Restoring Tidal Wetlands (2000), by Zedler, fills an important gap in current restoration ecology literature. It provides a broad-based compilation of case studies and principles to guide the management of tidal restoration sites. Thoroughly illustrated with more than 170 figures and tables, the book covers a full range of topics including: the conceptual planning for coastal wetlands restoration, strategies for the manipulation of hydrology and soils, the reestablishment of vegetation and assemblages of fishes and invertebrates, and the process of assessing, monitoring, and sustaining restored wetlands. Combining detailed examples from coastal research studies along the Pacific coast of southern California with information drawn from the literature on coastal restoration across the globe, the Handbook for Restoring Tidal Wetlands is a must-have guide if you are involved in coastal mitigation and restoration projects.

Ecosystem Management: Applications for Sustainable Forest and Wildlife Resources (1999), edited by Boyce and Haney, describes recent discoveries in ecosystem sciences and relates those advances in theory and real-world practice sustainable ecosystem management. The authors discuss definitions of ecosystem management, sustainability of ecological systems, landscape ecology, resource management at different scales and in an ecosystem context, new advances in computer technology that facilitate classification schemes for ecosystems, ecosystem restoration, biological diversity, and public concerns. Throughout, the experts agree that management practices must be sustainable: that production of commodities, such amenities as recreation and aesthetics, and biodiversity must not be allowed to decline over time.

The Once and Future Forest: A Guide to Forest Restoration Strategies (1998), by Sauer, begins by explaining the history and current situation of forest ecosystems in the eastern United States. Following that is an in-depth examination of the restoration process, with thorough descriptions of ecological strategies for landscape management along with specific examples of how those strategies have been implemented in various sites around the country. The final section provides hands-on information about the many specific details that must be considered when initiating and implementing a restoration program.

The Tallgrass Restoration Handbook: For Prairies, Savannas, and Woodlands (1997), edited by Packard and Mutel, is a hands-on manual that provides a detailed account of what has been learned about the art and science of prairie restoration and the application of that knowledge to restoration projects throughout the world. Chapters provide guidance on all aspects of the restoration process, from conceptualization and planning, to execution and monitoring.

Watershed Restoration: Principles and Practices (1997), edited by Williams et al, includes 28 chapters from 52 recognized scientists and practitioners of watershed-scale restoration work. The book stresses the need for long-term approaches that emphasize community involvement and sound ecological principles. Case studies from around the country provide detailed learning experiences from a variety of venues, including urban watersheds in the East, agricultural communities in the Midwest, trout streams in New England and the Rocky Mountains, forested landscapes in the Pacific Northwest, and rangelands in the Great Basin. Selected chapters also focus on achieving restoration through hydroelectric relicensing process, involvement of local school systems and students, water quality programs, and integration of private land and public land strategies. Community action based on scientifically-sound advice is a common theme.

Ecological Design (1995), by Ryn and Cowan, presents a vision of how the living world and the human world can be rejoined by taking ecology as the basis for design. Ecological design intelligence-effective adaptation to and integration with nature’s processes-can be applied at all levels of scale, creating revolutionary forms of buildings, landscapes, cities, and technologies. The authors weave together case studies, personal anecdotes, images, and theory to provide a thorough treatment of the concept of ecological design. In the process, they present and explain a series of design principles that can help build a sustainable world with increased efficiency, fewer toxics, less pollution, and healthier natural systems.

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